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  • Well, my real fear and issue is that I'd have to pay extra to watch it.

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    • Originally posted by Space Cop View Post
      Well, my real fear and issue is that I'd have to pay extra to watch it.
      You can get CBS All Access for free for a month right now. They usually only have a seven day trial, but they extended it recently due to the social distancing thing.
      Do good. Be well. Make happy.

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      • Originally posted by Parrylakks View Post
        You can get CBS All Access for free for a month right now. They usually only have a seven day trial, but they extended it recently due to the social distancing thing.
        Do they have all the episodes or only a couple weeks?

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        • Originally posted by Space Cop View Post
          Do they have all the episodes or only a couple weeks?
          While the show released weekly, the entire season has now been released, so it's all on there right now.
          Do good. Be well. Make happy.

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          • Originally posted by Parrylakks View Post
            I just finished the first season, and it was really REALLY good. Seriously, forget what you think about political blah blah blah, or any vapid critical whinery people like to throw out at everything these days and just give it a go. Seriously, it's not bad, annoying, or any of that. It's just Star Trek.

            It's not a dystopian future, it's just 14 years after the Romulan disaster, so it's sort of post apocalyptic for Romulans, but Earth is still normal, Starfleet is just as it always is, and the Federation is fine.

            As for the language, yeah I don't think it needs to be there, either, but it makes sense for people to speak like people speak, and even with the usage, it's never more than two or three per episode (I honestly don't think there's ever more than two per episode, but I may have missed one here or there). Furthermore, it's never the people we knew before saying them, showing that some people swear and some people don't, just like in real life, and we've just been following people who don't before. Ultimately, it's just not that intrusive.

            Concerning scenes of graphic torture? They don't really exist, at least not as you may think of it as torture. There is a subplot about reclaiming people who were assimilated by the Borg, and so we see some people having Borg pieces removed. In particular, there is a flashback scene involving such a removal (albeit in a different situation than the others), with the person in question being awake while it's happening with some screaming and blood. But it's not really much worse than what we saw in First Contact, the lighting is just better so the blood looks properly red.

            They haven't changed the tone at all, really. Everything in the show (save for the language) has precedent in the franchise. The plot takes elements used in the various previous series and films and keeps moving them forward. It is Star Trek in its soul, and is such far more than anything with the title has been in 20 years.

            Basically what I'm saying is that your feared issues aren't really there.
            Well, your description doesn't convince me that the violence is at the standard level for a ST show, and still sounds above what we saw in First Contact to me.

            As for the tone changing and it not being dystopian, from what I've heard the fact that Picard is not in Starfleet (which seems to be a foundational aspect of the show) is quite indicative that, while Starfleet and the Federation are still there, they are not "just as it always was" and "fine", but are portrayed as having undergone a moral/ethical decay. Descriptions of various episodes seem to underline that view.

            Even if it were true that "everything has precedent", it is possible to have a much darker tone while only using things that we've seen before, simply by making them the rule rather than the exception. For instance, there have been plenty of character deaths on ST shows and movies in the past, but they have been used sparingly for characters that we got to know at all. Here it sounds like every returning character that wasn't a main cast member (three that I know of) was dead in short order. In a season of only 10 episodes, that seems rather high to me, and points to a significantly darker tone.

            And the language is totally unnecessary, and out of character for the franchise, IMHO. I don't really care if people think I'm just a stick in the mud, but "people talking like people talk" has never been a very convincing argument, especially in a setting that is not our modern world, and has avoided it in the past. There are certainly settings and genres in which avoiding profanity would be absurd and unrealistic enough to harm any sense of realism, but I don't think this is one of them, and I tend to mostly avoid the ones that are, for various reasons, of which the language is only one.

            My concerns are basically heightened by the fact that I'm NOT getting my dim view by reading the opinions of people who despise the show, I'm getting bad vibes off the descriptions put out by people who LIKE the show, and are talking about how great it is. If I'm turned off the show by what I hear about it from people who think it is great, then I'm not inclined to invest the time, money (there may be a chance to see it free at the moment, but I'm not going to subscribe to the service regardless, and prefer to only avail myself of free trials of things there is a chance I will end up buying) or effort to see if I like it better than the descriptions suggest.

            There is always the chance, down the line that I will catch up on it via library copies, if I hear reports of subsequent seasons that make it sound more promising. We'll see.
            Mister Ed
            Horse of a Different Color
            Last edited by Mister Ed; 03-30-2020, 05:24 PM.

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            • Originally posted by Mister Ed View Post
              As for the tone changing and it not being dystopian, from what I've heard the fact that Picard is not in Starfleet (which seems to be a foundational aspect of the show) is quite indicative that, while Starfleet and the Federation are still there, they are not "just as it always was" and "fine", but are portrayed as having undergone a moral/ethical decay. Descriptions of various episodes seem to underline that view.
              A couple of individuals within Starfleet are corrupt, including a very high ranking official. That's about the oldest story in the history of Trek, and thus it being the case here is literally it being just as it always was. It happens. A lot. There's nothing new or shocking about it.

              Originally posted by Mister Ed View Post
              Even if it were true that "everything has precedent", it is possible to have a much darker tone while only using things that we've seen before, simply by making them the rule rather than the exception. For instance, there have been plenty of character deaths on ST shows and movies in the past, but they have been used sparingly for characters that we got to know at all. Here it sounds like every returning character that wasn't a main cast member (three that I know of) was dead in short order. In a season of only 10 episodes, that seems rather high to me, and points to a significantly darker tone.
              The established character deaths in Picard are either extremely minor characters from previous shows (two of them), or redundant and done for absolute completion (one of them). The Borg subplot is admittedly dark, but it's always been dark, and I refer to First Contact deliberately, as that is roughly the tone of that subplot. To call it significantly darker than what has come before is simply erroneous. Darker than the norm? Sure. But not significantly so.

              Seriously, just watch the show and if you're turned off by what you see, turn it off. But don't just avoid it because you're worried you won't like it. You never know, maybe you'll really like it. And if you don't, hey, at least you'll know you don't, rather than just thinking you won't. And besides, CBS All Access is free right now thanks to the social distancing thing, so you literally have nothing to lose by giving it a shot.
              Do good. Be well. Make happy.

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              • Every subplot introduced in the first half was forgotten about or abandoned by the end. Even the synth ban. It was forgiven by the Romulans at the end? Just a misunderstanding they realized now stretching thousands of years because Soji made the right choice? Nonsense. The whole Borg thing? Rendered completely meaningless in the end.

                This is fake Star Trek written by people that only ever saw the TNG movies and don't like sci-fi, motivated only by what's hip now in current left-leaning politics. But they're too stupid to even make THAT aspect work, or even be coherent.

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                • None of the plots were abandoned or forgotten about, they just played out.

                  SPOILERS!



                  The synth ban was lifted because it was proven to not be the synths but the Romulans who orchestrated the attack on Mars. The reason for it was negated by the truth, so of course it was lifted. The Romulans didn't abandon or forgive anything, they ran away from the Federation armada because it was a pointless fight aince the beacon was already destroyed. And the Borg thing all lead to Seven becoming something greater than she was, and promises to play out further next season, as will the Romulan stuff, and the synth issue, no doubt.

                  The fact that you're so bent on saying all these plots were abandoned makes me wonder if you understand the art of storytelling at all, and that's weird because I know you know better. Not playing out how you think they should or would like them to does not equal abandonment.

                  And what politics?! You've been whining about that since the get go, but I didn't see anything of the sort that was any more than we saw in Insurrection or Measure of a Man, and they were played out fine, and entirely on point for Picards idealism. Maybe you're problem is that you've just decided to hate everything new. I mean, I don't think I've seen you enjoy anything in the last five years or so save for Cobra Kai. Seemingly everything else in every other franchise is just shit that's stupidly written and over politicized and wah wah wah. You seem to have been consumed by toxic negative fandom to the point where everything sucks because -- I don't know. Because you're jealous that people are making things you think that you could do better, but have never had the chance to do?

                  Tough luck, man. I'm right there with ya. I've just realized that I can still enjoy things even if I think it could've been done better.

                  (Sorry if that was overly harsh.)
                  Do good. Be well. Make happy.

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                  • Another issue I have is that, if I watch the show, I'm going to want to watch it with my family, who are also Trek fans. It doesn't sound as if that would be appropriate, at least for some episodes, which further lessens my interest.

                    As I said before, I'll keep an eye on it. I'm not getting the service (wouldn't be subscribing even if I KNEW I wanted to watch this, as it just isn't enough to justify it, and I don't like taking free trials of things when I know there is no chance I'm going to buy. It feels wrong to me), but when the library gets copies I'll revisit the possibility, especially after my kids get a bit older.
                    Mister Ed
                    Horse of a Different Color
                    Last edited by Mister Ed; 03-31-2020, 02:20 PM.

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                    • Well, besides being Palm Sunday, it’s also First Contact Day again. 43 years to go!

                      Space Cop
                      The Dandy
                      Last edited by Space Cop; 04-05-2020, 12:23 PM.

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                        My posted comment was "I have never chomped at the bit for them to retcon the old stuff. Move on or drop it. Besides, Iím not buying another streaming service."

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                        • They have to make Starfleet evil, like the Guardians, because they can't think of anything else to write.

                          If you have to resort to that, then Star Trek the fuck alone and go write your own shit.
                          Trey Strain
                          Guardian of the Universe
                          Last edited by Trey Strain; 05-19-2020, 03:27 PM.

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                          • Who made Starfleet evil? A few corrupt officials doesn't make something evil.
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                            • Originally posted by Parrylakks View Post
                              Who made Starfleet evil? A few corrupt officials doesn't make something evil.
                              Why would anyone do that? It's bullshit, like the evil Guardians and all the bad Corps that Geoff created.

                              Star Trek is about a starship that's seeking out new life and new civilizations. If you can't write about that, then you're a goose in the forum and you need to get out.

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                              • Corrupt Starfleet officials date back to Roddenberry's own oversight of the franchise. If you think he's a goose in the forum, or let such in to call fowl, maybe you need to get your head checked. Corruption within the ranks of Starfleet is so common, it might as well be the norm.
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